Psychology

Department of Psychology

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Knowles Hall, Second Floor
668 Beckwith Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
 
Dr. Timothy Moore, Chair 
Knowles Hall, Second Floor, Suite 207
404-880-6125
tmoore@geeks-in-route.com
 
Ms. Jacqueline Jackson
Senior Staff Assistant
Knowles Hall, Suite 217
404-880-8136
jjackson@geeks-in-route.com

 

MISSION

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to prepare undergraduate students to excel in the field of mental health by providing innovative teaching, action-oriented research opportunities, int j ernship training, as well as the skills and values needed for careers in a dynamic, multicultural global setting.

VISION

The vision of the Department of Psychology is to expand its interdisciplinary study of public health, neuroscience, and study abroad initiatives and develop graduate level program(s) in counseling and/or clinical psychology to meet the mental health, social and human needs of a global society.

 

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

The Department of Psychology provides specialized training for students planning professional careers in psychology, sociology, social work, and special education services. The Department offers a broad array of courses in psychology to provide a strong background for students who are planning careers in business, education, law, medicine, and social work as well as multiple professional careers in the psychology related fields. Students considering graduate studies in psychology should plan their major with the guidance of their assigned department advisor so that elective courses may be tailored to their specific career and educational goals. Students majoring in disciplines other than psychology and find psychology courses relevant to their educational goals are welcome to register for those classes after they have completed the prerequisite courses. Programs of Study 1. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (122 Credits) 2. Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology (122 Credits) 3. Minor in Psychology (18 Credits) Program of Study Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (122 Credits)

As a field of knowledge, Psychology is based on both the biological and social sciences. The Department of Psychology provides specialized training for students planning professional careers in psychology, sociology, social work, and special education services. The BS in Psychology helps prepare students for a career in the medical profession. The department’s aims are to develop in students the abilities to question and think critically, to become independent investigators, and to impart a philosophy of appreciation for a developing and maturing science based on well-grounded experimental evidence.

 BA students considering graduate studies in psychology should plan their major with the guidance of their assigned department advisor so that elective courses may be tailored to their specific career and educational goals. Students with majors other than psychology who find psychology courses relevant to their educational needs are welcome to register for those classes if they have taken the prerequisite courses.

Degree Requirements

A major in psychology requires a 52-55 range of credit hours in psychology in addition to CPSY 211 (General Psychology) which is a General Education Core Requirement. The following psychology courses must be included to obtain the degree in Psychology:

CPSY 313 Statistics I

CPSY 314 Statistics II

CPSY 315 Social Psychology

CPSY 371/L Experimental Psychology w/Lab

CPSY 377 History/Systems of Psychology

CPSY 385 Abnormal Psychology

CPSY 413 Learning

CPSY 415 Physiological Psychology

CPSY 418 Seminar

CPSY 488 Internship

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Psychology require a total of 122 credit hours. Including General Psychology (PSY 211), there is a mixture of courses in the major, general education core, and an optional minor that can be obtained while matriculating at CAU. The BA would require additional free electives whereas the BS would require specific hours in the STEM field of study.

In addition to regular classroom work, the Internship (PSY 488) course provides an opportunity for students to work in a psychological agency in order to acquire practical experience in psychological work and a better understanding of human relations.

A minor in psychology requires at least six (6) psychology courses. The following courses are required: CPSY 315, CPSY 377, CPSY 385, and CPSY 413. The remaining two courses can be selected by the student.

Sample Plan of Study

The following outline illustrates ways in which courses can be arranged for a degree in psychology. This is a suggested study plan, not a mandatory one.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY (122 hours)

 

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester: 15 hours
CGED 100 First Year Seminar I (1)
CENG 105 English Composition I (3)
CHIS 201 U.S., Africa and the World I (3)
CMAT 105 Pre-Calculus I (3)
CBIO General Biology I (4)
CPED 101/2 Physical Education Requirement (1)

Second Semester: 17 hours
CGED 101 First Year Seminar II (1)
CENG 106 English Composition II (3)
CHIS 202 U.S., Africa and the World II (3)
CMAT 106 Pre-Calculus II (3)
CBIO 112 General Biology II (4)
CCIS 100 Information Technology and Computer Application (3)

SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester: 15 hours
CENG 201/2 World Literature I or II (3)
CSTA 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
Foreign Language Requirement (3)
CPSY 211 General Psychology (3)
CPSY 313 Statistics I (3)

Second Semester: 15 hours
Foreign Language Requirement (3)
Social Science Requirement (3)
CPSY 314 Statistics II (3)
CPSY 377 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
CPSY 415 Physiological Psychology (3)

JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester: 16 hours
CREL/CPHI Philosophy/Religion Requirement (3)
CPSY 371/L Experimental Psychology and Lab (4)
CPSY 385 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psychology elective (3)
CHUM Humanities Requirement (3)

Second Semester: 15 hours
CPSY 315 Social Psychology (3)
CPSY 413 Learning (3)
Psychology elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

SENIOR YEAR
First Semester: 15 hours
Psychology elective (3)
Psychology elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Second Semester: 15 hours
CPSY 418 Seminar (3)
CPSY 488 Internship (3)
Psychology elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)